Devcich seals Northern Districts’ maiden Super Smash title


Northern Districts 103 for 1 (Devcich 51*, Brownlie 28*, Seifert 23) beat Central Districts 99 for 8 (Worker 37, Devcich 3-16, Sodhi 2-15) by nine wickets
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Opening batsman Anton Devcich got the better of Central Districts, with both bat and ball, to hand Northern Districts their maiden Super Smash title in a nine-wicket win at Seddon Park. Devcich’s left-arm spin earned him three wickets in the middle overs, restricting Central Districts to a score of under 100, after which his unbeaten 24-ball 51 sealed victory for Northern Districts with more than 11 overs to spare.

In their small chase, Devcich and Northern Districts captain Dean Brownlie (24*) hit 11 fours in the space of 12 balls, during overs 5 and 6, making 44 runs off those two overs in the process. Overall, the Northern Districts batsmen made 84 of their runs in boundaries, with 18 fours and two sixes.

The match, however, was set up by their bowlers. After Central Districts chose to bat, they lost opener Jesse Ryder and captain Will Young for scores of 0 and 5 inside the first two overs to Brent Arnel and Scott Kuggeleijn. Tom Bruce fell to Kuggeleijn, and thereafter the spinners, Ish Sodhi and Devcich, strangled the Central Districts batsmen. They returned combined figures of 5 for 31 in their eight overs, including the wicket of opener George Worker for 37 in the 11th over. Worker hit four fours in his 33-ball stay, and Central Districts hit only one other boundary all innings. That four came off No. 8 Bevan Small’s bat, who made 21 in an unbeaten 30-run ninth-wicket partnership with Ajaz Patel (11). Together, they took Central Districts to 99 for 8 from a position of 69 for 8 after 15 overs.

In their chase of 100, each of Northern Districts’ first three overs went for 10 runs each. Tom Seifert fell off the last ball of the third over. After that, however, it all went Northern Districts’ way. Devcich and Brownlie made 73 off the next 29 balls to end finish the game in the ninth over.



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